SUN CITY, SC. (WSAV) – Beaufort County Sheriff’s (BCSO) deputies responded Friday to reports that a neighbor was causing a disturbance and that someone fired a gun.
SLED says neighbors reported that the man was shouting profanities.
When deputies got to the Twinkling Court, BCSO says a deputy immediately found and engaged with the suspect.
BCSO says the suspect — who had a handgun — was shot by the deputy. The suspect has died.
The deputy who shot the suspect is on administrative leave until the Sheriff’s Office completes an internal investigation.
SLED is leading the investigation into the shooting.
Police say the shooting happened at Twinkling Court, which is located in the 6,000-acre Sun City Hilton Head Community. The community is gated and requires authorized access.
According to its website, the community is for older adults. 56 neighborhoods are hidden behind the gate and hundreds of trees.
SLED says this is the 30th shooting in South Carolina this year that involves an officer or deputy.
In 2018, there were more than 40 officer-involved shootings in the entire year.